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Old 04-04-2011, 11:28   #1
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Jimmy Cornell's Books

ive noticed in other threads that Jimmy Cornell's guide books seem to be the recommended. i'm looking for one that explains cruising routes vs times of year and season. any suggestions?
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Re: jimmy cornell's books

Yes his books are pretty thorough and give typical "best times of year and routes" good seasons, bad seasons etc.....
Also he explains why sometimes of the year may not be favorable etc......
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As quoted by dingoman above. It's a good read
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Cornell's World Cruising Routes is a compact/convenient version of looking up the pilot charts yourself and plotting routes/times etc. Very handy, but very expensive. Go to your local library and photocopy the particular crossing you're planning. In the final analysis, head off at the correct time of the year and deal with whatever comes your way. No amount of Cornells/pilot charts/Admiralty pilots or Cruising guides is going to guarantee you a comfortable passage. What I'm saying is, be independant, go adventureing, bark your knuckles, scrape your knees, go west young man, go west. - - - if you dare call yourself a man.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:37   #5
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How about going roundabout EAST? (also in Cornell)
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I have the 6th edition of World Cruising Routes, and the Admiralty Pilot. Throw in a Mercator projection of the World, some rum and a few sharpened pencils and you too can roughly plot your next circ, pending pirates, reactor meltdowns, tsunamis or millions of rubber ducks clogging your intake.

All these pilots and pilot-like books, of course, give averaged conditions. The weather since 1990 has been historically skewed, and the La Nina/El Ninos skew things further. Some people have had some "funny" passages in the last few years, like nothing but loads of easterlies in the N. Atlantic in June, or dribbly trades that never fill in in the Pacific.

Nonetheless, they do focus the mind and give a sense of how to provision and what to pack beyond sunscreen. Half the cruisers on passage seem to wear TopSiders, floppy hats, floppy bits and sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. You might want to dedicate a tank to the stuff.
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Re: Jimmy Cornell's Books

I do not like his book - the one where he tells about the routes and timings.

I prefer the 136.

Have both onboard. And a couple of others.

Generally, the things where one ocean is discussed at a time (e.g. Heikell's book on the Indian, Pocock's book on the Pacific, etc..) has proven much more useful in our sailings.

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Ok, I have purchased two of Cornell's books about routing and Kettlewell's book on the ICW... maybe now i can get this route figured out!!

Thanks all!
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The 136????
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The only problem with his books is he seems to always be in a hurry. If you follow his routs thrugh the s/pac you wouldnt have time to sight see.
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Re: Jimmy Cornell's Books

Nothing wrong with his routes, he just gives the best times. How fast you do the route is up to you.

You might want to go here to check on used copies, Alibris: Used Books, Used Textbooks, Rare & Out-of-Print Books. Have bought many books here and the condition is always as quoted.
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thanks unicorn dreams, i'll check it out.. if you haven't read my threads, i'm trying to plan a trip to move my boat from conneticut to clearlake. planning on Bal Harbour marina, unless there is better one you can think of for the money
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Where my boat is at, IS not a live aboard marina. But it is a DIY marina. Believe the only one on Clear Lake.
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Check out noonsite.com too.

What is this "136" ???
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Check out noonsite.com too.

What is this "136" ???
Ocean Passages for the World.
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